I am giving it a four, because it is really good and everything is beautifully portrayed, with superb performances and amazing dialogues, but it is hard to think of it as a film. It is hard to get into the film, and I am quite used to going to the theatre, but the long fast paced dialogues/monologues are quite a handful at first. Wonderful acting . If it was more cinematic it would be 5 stars. Awesome film, still.
This movie has mindblowing performances everywhere. A painful reminder of how people hurt each other and how we can decide to deal with it. Blood doesn't make family and dealing with constant pain is one of the hardest things one can go through, specially from people you love and care about. I was very touched by this movie and how it shows different perspectives on when you live around someone who causes you pain.
It's filled with small talk just as it is expected from the stage play, but none of this is coincident since there are a lot deeper subjects beneath casual talks and domestic arguments. And they touch basics of relationships seen through the lenses of husbands and wives or fathers and sons, confirming that whether it's 50s or contemporary age, some stories are told over and over again. Nothing new, but watch worthy.
**1/2 When the "filmed on Kodak" logo came up at the end, I was stunned; the misguided smoothed-sheen lighting and effects of this production make it look stiffly digitized to within an inch of its life. The performers are quite fine, as is the play, which has not been served well by its only desultory, literal (and very typical -- that score and those close-ups are automatic) translation into cinema-language.